February 5, 2015

Memphis neighborhood getting a lift

Memphis’s uptown neighborhood is being revitalized through a new approach from Habitat of Greater Memphis and grants from Wells Fargo.

The uptown section of the city center in Memphis, Tennessee, has struggled for years with blight. But now this neighborhood is experiencing a renaissance of sorts, with the help of Habitat of Greater Memphis. And Habitat is directing its efforts at more than just houses.

Habitat is taking a comprehensive approach to neighborhood revitalization — which includes small businesses — with the goal of bolstering the entire community. Habitat’s reach is being elevated by grants from Wells Fargo that are helping beautify the exteriors of three small businesses, adding murals to the neighborhood, and installing much-needed bike racks.

“When Memphis Habitat decided to embark on neighborhood revitalization, Wells Fargo was the first to support our work,” says Dwayne Spencer, executive director of Habitat of Greater Memphis.